As more information surfaced about the 2010 – 2016 scandal under Sheriff Scott Jones, and his mismanagement of the Department’s fair employment requirements, taxpayers began to question policies and practices. Through the California Public Records Act, taxpayers requested documents related to the Department budget, staff responsibilities and assignments, investigations status, CCW policies and practices, and other public documents.
Jones responded by obstructing most of the documents, thumbing his nose at the public records laws, and those taxpayers began receiving threats from people who were later found to be intimately tied to Scott Jones and his replacement Kris Palmer.
Placer County resident Kris Palmer, then a candidate for Sacramento Sheriff, was off to a rocky start and fumbling the ball. The green candidate received low scores for his awkward reading from dull scripted speeches written by someone else, stammered, and demonstrated an overall lack of charisma, and underwhelming public speaking skills.
And, oh yeah, his campaign representative threatened a local Sacramento man just for asking questions about illegal overtime by department managers, manipulated Sheriff’s crime statistics, and for more information about the recent $10.4 Million lawsuit the Sheriff’s Department lost due to ongoing abuses.
The Kris Palmer representative who threatened the taxpayer failed to realize his identify was known to others, as was his direct relationship to Palmer. By the comments of Palmer’s representative, he clearly isn’t a fan of the ladies or anyone who asks questions about how the Department misuses taxpayer money!
The offending man was quickly identified as a local drinking buddy, personal friend, and campaign representative of Kris Palmer. The campaign representative, who also works for Sacramento County and tried to erase and conceal his online bullying–but not before plenty of people were witness to the online attack took screenshots.
“The Department was sued for having a culture of retaliation and abuse, for inflicting punitive investigations and falsifying documents” said the taxpayer. “This was found to be true by a jury and the court, which hit the Department with a hefty judgement costing taxpayers $10.4 million in penalties.”
This latest attack only underscores the rush to judgment heavy handedness by the department, which has drawn much criticism over the years for a “culture” of ongoing civil rights violations, sexual and racial discrimination, and falsifying official records to conceal wrongdoing.
“Who polices the police, when all the way to the top there is proven ongoing corruption and abuse” asked the taxpayer.
The abuses began under Sheriff John McGinness, who used the special investigations bureau (SIB) to launch punitive investigations, and continued under Scott Jones. McGinness brought up Jones and helped him get elected, and both Sheriffs wholeheartedly prop up Kris Palmer as their chosen replacement to carry on their legacy.
McGinness, now a local AM radio jockey, who has to say “um” every 3rd word, has been bringing Palmer to speaking events and finding a way to give Palmer the microphone, as well as having the novice candidate on his radio show twice in the past month to talk about “official business”. McGinness, came under fire at the beginning of his bid for Sheriff when suspicions of an affair with female deputy Jill Taylor surfaced, and other female deputies were experiencing sexual discrimination and racial discrimination as job announcements were only being sent to male deputy friends of supervisors.
Scott Jones has said he will appoint Kris Palmer as Undersheriff, step down as Sheriff, and recommend to the County Board of Supervisors that they appoint Palmer as interim Sheriff so he can claim “encumbent” on the ballot, said “the Supervisors usually do what I tell them”. Jones who campaigned on “transparency” and “integrity” has recently come under fire allegations of having an affair with a subordinate female deputy–a claim which Jones denies–but in an email exchange between the two, the female deputy demanded he never talk to her again because Jones was “toxic” and she had no interest in rekindling the relationship. Jones’ wife could not be reached for comment.
When questioned about what changes he would like to see in the Department, Palmer said “I don’t see changing a whole heck of a lot.”
In their promotion of ol’ boy Kris Palmer by John McGinnis and Scott Jones, it is clear that birds of a feather flock together within what the Sacramento Superior Court called a “culture” of retaliation.